Phoebe Caldwell

Creative Conversations


Communicating with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (DVD)

Creative Conversations from Phoebe Caldwell seeks to bridge the gap in the range of currently available training material on using Intensive Interaction.



Intensive Interaction is probably the most positive and accessible way of getting in touch with and empowering people who may seem locked in their ‘inner world’. This DVD training resource seeks to bridge the gap in the range of currently available material on the use of Intensive Interaction and shows how Intensive Interaction is used to find ways of communicating with people who have multiple and profound learning disabilities, enabling them to express their feelings as well as their needs. It shows care staff and family carers learning to use a number of simple Intensive Interaction techniques with four adults, under the guidance of Phoebe Caldwell. It also includes explanatory discussion between Phoebe Caldwell and Pene Stevens, a clinical nurse specialist in the field, and from the carers themselves supplement these powerful films.


This resource is for anyone involved in supporting a person with severe and profound learning disabilities, helping them to establish ‘two-way’ creative conversations that have meaning for the individual.


ISBN: 9781841962221
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
Publication: 07 March 2007


Phoebe Caldwell is an Intensive Interaction practitioner working mainly with children and adults on the autistic spectrum, many of whom have behavioural distress. Phoebe’s methods combine using a person’s body language to communicate, with paying attention to those aspects of an individual’s environment that are triggering sensory distress. For four years Phoebe was a Rowntree Research Fellow looking at best practice. She teaches management, therapists, parents, teachers, advocates and carers, nationally and internationally. She is also employed by NHS, social services and community and education services to work with individuals they are finding it difficult to provide a service for.

She has published seven books and four training films and a number of academic papers. In 2010, she was awarded the Times/Sternberg Active Life Award for work on autism and contribution to the community, and in July 2011 Bristol University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Science for communication with people with autism.


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